Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Natra opens Hong Kong office to grow Asia business

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Among the countries of the Asia-Pacific area, China is the first target market due to its significant growth opportunities. Chocolate consumption is now awakening in this market, especially due to the development of large foreign retail chains in the country and the increasing purchasing power of the population. It is estimated that in 2016 the middle class population in China will reach 340 million people, in a market with an annual chocolate consumption of 100 grams per person, compared to 8 kilos per person in Western Europe.

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Dairy nudges FAO Food Price Index higher by one percent

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The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) crept higher by one percent in March compared with a month before, driven mainly by an 11 percent increase in dairy. Dairy products carry a 17 percent weight among the various commodity prices included in the calculation of the overall FPI.

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IGP course focuses on creating HACCP program

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More than 40 participants traveled to the International Grains Program (IGP) April 1-4, to attend a course focused on establishing a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program for the feed industry.

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Working with whole grains

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Quiet production days are ideal for testing products that could attract a new or different customer base, such as whole grain breads. Although the formulas take some tweaking to get right, adding a few whole grain breads to your product line can appeal to health-conscious consumers and fetch a premium price.

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Judges Announced for L’Art du Chocolatier Challenge

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Cacao Barry®, the premium French chocolate brand, has announced an all-star lineup of judges to help determine the Chocolatier of the Year 2013 in the 3rd annual L’Art du Chocolatier™ Challenge. Five of the world’s best pastry chefs have been selected to award the coveted title.

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Nestlé celebrates a century in Japan

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Nestlé Japan is marking 100 years in business, its success driven by its ability to adapt its global brands to meet local consumers’ needs. As the company begins its second century, the company is responding to the needs of Japan’s growing elderly population with innovative products.

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Grupo Bimbo: Chairman Roberto Servitje to retire

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Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. announced at its Annual General Shareholders´ Meeting that Don Roberto Servitje Sendra will retire from his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective July 01, 2013. CEO Daniel Servitje Montull was named to succeed him.

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Sugar reform: Now or never

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It is time for all candy makers to get off their duff and send “e-mails, voice mails and money” to Congress to get rid of our national sugar welfare program. Pardon the Warren Zevon parody, but I believe this is the closest we’ve come to actually reforming our domestic sugar program since I’ve been editor of Candy Industry.

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